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Science Says Selfies Can Make You Happier And More Confident

Step aside, selfie haters. That front-facing camera may be a secret to increased happiness, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine studied college students and found that snapping selfies and sharing images with friends had a positive effect on their psychological and emotional states. The results were published in the journal Psychology of Well-Being.

The study’s authors examined 41 college students ― 28 females and 13 males ― as they went about their normal school routine, including going to class and doing homework. (Let’s be real: That’s enough to influence anyone’s mood. You can only go up from there, right?)

The first week, which served as the control week, the students were told to document their mood three times per day using an app, writing down any events that happened that may have influenced how they felt. The next three weeks, the students were instructed to also take photos when they recorded their moods.

The volunteers were randomly assigned to a group that took one of three types of photos: A selfie in which they were smiling, a shot of something that made them happy, and a picture of something they thought would make another person happy, which was then sent to that individual.

At the end of the study, researchers had collected more than 2,000 mood documentations from all of the subjects. They discovered that positive moods increased in each group, but those in the selfie group reported becoming more confident and comfortable with themselves over time.

It’s worth noting that this is a relatively small study in terms of participants, and it had an uneven number of females and males. That can make it hard to be totally conclusive when it comes to a larger population.

But the research does provide some rather encouraging insight when it comes to technology, especially given the fact that a lot of previous research shows that it can take a toll on mental well-being.

“You see a lot of reports in the media about the negative impacts of technology use … but there have been expanded efforts over the past decade to study what’s become known as ‘positive computing,’ and I think this study shows that sometimes our gadgets can offer benefits to users,” senior author Gloria Mark, a professor of informatics at UC Irvine, said in a statement.

Maybe Kim Kardashian really is onto something.

SOURCE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/selfies-make-you-happier_us_57bb46ffe4b0b51733a4fce0?section=&section=us_healthy-living


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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